The Alliance for Appalachia supports the Environmental Justice For All Act (H.R. 2021) as legislation rooted in the moral principle that all people have the right to clean air, water, and soil. We need the safeguards in this bill to […]
Acid mine drainage is one of the most visible and costly impacts of coal mining, turning Appalachian waterways rust orange with dangerous pollution and threatening the health of people and wildlife. Remediation of this pollution requires long-term treatment facilities and […]
The Alliance for Appalachia supports the Environmental Justice For All Act (H.R. 2021) as legislation rooted in the moral principle that all people have the right to clean air, water, and soil. We need the safeguards included in this bill to ensure that these rights are a reality. We know that our region is not unique and that we are not alone in our pursuit of justice. Environmental racism and oppression plague communities across the country ...
Letter sent to Appalachian Senators The Alliance for Appalachia is composed of grassroots organizations in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, and Alabama, with a collective membership in the thousands. We promote a healthy, just Appalachia by supporting our member […]
We are so proud of all the hard work our members and other grassroots community organizers have put into advocating for clean water, cleaning up abandoned mine lands, and the health and safety of their communities. It’s very rewarding to see these efforts pay off with the passing of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
As the coal industry declines, companies are delaying reclamation for long periods of time, putting mine cleanup at risk. The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA), passed in 1977, requires coal companies to obtain bonds to help ensure proper […]
Across the nation, we are experiencing the impact of coal’s decline and while we work towards transitioning to a cleaner, healthier future for our communities we will also have to grapple with how to repair the immense damage left behind. […]